What is the Regional Economic Development Fund?
The Regional Economic Development Fund is an initiative that aims to help businesses to promote economic development in all regions of the Northern Territory.
The Regional Development Fund provides funding of up to 50% of project costs.
Your project must have at least 50% financial or in‑kind support from yourself or other partners.
This includes funding sources such as the Australian Government, private or philanthropic organisations.
Your project should include some or all of the following:
- deliver practical on-the-ground projects with tangible outcomes
- be delivered by local people
- provide sustainable local employment
- support local partnerships and collaboration
- deliver local infrastructure to create new economic opportunities and business growth
- encourage increased investment in the region
- improve regional capability.
You can’t apply for funding for any of the following:
- recurring maintenance or operational costs of facilities such as rent, service charges or administration
- retrospective funding or outstanding debts for a completed project
- fundraising, promotional or charitable events
- wages and salaries.
To be eligible, you must be either:
- an incorporated body and/or legal entity
- a local partnership between private enterprise organisations, or
- a not-for-profit community organisation / group or local government based in the NT.
Individuals or individual businesses may be accepted if they can demonstrate significant economic development benefit to the region.
The grant is no longer available.
06 April 2022 – Marine Biomedical awarded $200,000 grant to manufacture Pearl-Based Bone Substitute
A medtech company using pearl to create a promising bone substitute product is among seven companies awarded funding through the Western Australian government’s Regional Economic Development program. A total of seven Kimberley region projects were awarded a total of $773,000 through the program’s fourth round.
Marine Biomedical was awarded $200,000 to help establish a laboratory to produce “PearlBone”.
Marine Biomedical was established through a partnership between pearling business Willie Creek Pearls and UWA’s Medical School, with support from Orthocell.
Other grant winners include daycare operator Frillnecks Enterprises and indigenous-owned construction enterprise MGC Building and Maintenance. Lakeside Minerals Livestock was awarded $150,000 to manufacture stock supplements for the region’s pastoralists.